Book Review – The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Well what can I say? This book is everything I wanted from the sequel to the cruel prince and so much more…

If you know me you know it usually takes me a good while to read any book. I read this in a day and a half… It may not be quick for some people but it was very quick for me! I could not put it down! I didn’t want to leave Faerie for even a second incase I missed something crazy happening.

This is how a sequel is done. So much manipulating and scheming. The things I loved about the cruel prince were brought forward into this and made even more exciting. The characters are so real you feel like you’re inside the book with them.

I love Jude so so so much. She is an amazing sister and friend and all she gets back in return is mistreated! I loved seeing her and Cardan and their new dynamic. He has changed alot since the first book! It was amazing to see a different side to him. He’s still the same snarky Cardan we will always adore though!

I don’t want to post any spoilers for the people who haven’t got their copy yet or read it but that ending?!! What the hell was that??? I hate cliff hangers and craziness right at the end so I have to wait a year for answers 😭
I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing,

If you like Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Sarah j maas then I am sure you will enjoy this series!

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Book Review – Evermore by Sara Holland

First off I want to say this isn’t a post hating on this book. I’m a huge fan of Sara’s books. This is just my opinion.

I couldn’t wait to get this book as I read the first one, Everless, last year and absolutely loved it. It made it to one of my favourite reads of the year. However, while I was completely gripped by the sequel, it wasn’t quite a five-star read for me. I don’t know it just didn’t get me the first book did.

Evermore is very much a sequel to Everless and won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t read the first book. It wasn’t that long ago since I read Everless but I struggled to remember what happened in the first book. I missed Roan alot in this book.

Many centuries ago, the people of Sempera learned to turn their blood into ‘blood iron’ coins that can be dissolved and drunk to extend life. Now the poor work and pawn their valuables for blood iron, and die young, and the rich live forever. This is very much about Jules discovering her true self and the secrets to her past which have been forgotton in her memory.

Evermore is a very fast read, with Jules constantly on the run for her life while at the same time trying to find a way to kill the villain. I loved the first book, I loved getting to know the characters. I especially loved Liam and Roan but all we had was Liam in this book and I felt the loss throughout. Although Liam is a good character it felt like he wasn’t really important and was just stuck in as a side story.

I think the problem is that there is not enough depth to the story. The dangers Jules faces are rushed through and I never felt she was in peril. We never get to know any of the other characters, even the love interest; they are just names on the page. There is a high price on Jules’s head, yet she trusts everyone she meets even so much that she just hands over her most treasured possession to someone she’s just met.

This all sounds negative but I did enjoy the story and I’m happy to give it four stars.

The Wicked King Owlcrate Limited Edition Box unboxing!

Hey everyone! I hope you are well! Today I’m doing something a little different and showing what I received in the limited edition wicked king box.

As soon as this box was announced I had to have it! It cost me over £70 I believe 😂

I felt so guilty for buying but now it’s here I love everything so much.

The cruel prince was everything last year. The most amazing and magic book ever. I have been highly anticipating the second book.

There was so many amazing items included. My favourites were the candle, the art print, the pin badges! Of course the signed hardback exclusive was pretty awesome! I have one more wicked king box to arrive 😁

I hope you liked the itema I received! Let me know your favourites in the comments!

Book Review – Give The Dark My Love by Beth Revis

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I had high hopes for this one, as it sounded just like my kind of book. I’m thrilled to say that it was. I enjoyed it very much. Five stars all the way!

This book tells the story of seventeen year old Nedra who wants to become an alchemist to save her world from the wasting death – a plague spreading around villages, killing hundreds of people.

There is so much to know about Nedra. She is from a small village, where she lived with her parents and her twin sister. She just got accepted to a top rated school to learn about medicinal alchemy. She wants to learn more about the plague and what she can do to help.

She meets Grey and reading about their growing friendship was the very best thing. It was so refreshing to read a friendship written right!

Although there was romance in this book, the story does not focus on that. Mainly the plot revolves around the plague. A lot of poorer villages have been killed by the plague for about a year now. Nedra is desperate to help the people who are getting sick.

I adored this book. The characters are so well written and the writing style really suited me! I’m so happy I started this year off with this amazing book!

December Wrap Up

Its time for my December wrap up! I killed it this month! I really wanted to reach 100 books this year!

I read 13 books this month! Some were ebooks that’s why they’re not pictured here.

My favourite was it ends with us by Colleen Hoover which made me so emotional and really left a mark on me.

how about you? How did you do?

☆ RATINGS ☆

🌙 empress of all seasons by emiko Jean
✨ ★ ★ ★

🌙 Mirage by Somaiya daud
✨ ★ ★ ★★

🌙 Always and forever Lara Jean by Jenny han
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 the undying king by grace draven
✨ ★ ★ ★

🌙 City of ghosts by Victoria schwab
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 Rebel of the sands by Alwyn Hamilton
✨ ★ ★ ★★★

🌙 Ps I like you by Kasie west
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 bad girls throughout history by Ann shen
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 it ends with us by Colleen Hoover
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

🌙 Verity by Colleen Hoover
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🌙 #therealcinderella by yesenia vargas
✨ ★ ★ ★

🌙 the wrong bachelor by Alexandra moody
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🌙 the raven boys by Maggie stiefvater
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Favourite Books from 2018

Hello book lovers! So the year is wrapping up and I was thinking that I wanted to share my favourite books of 2018! Now of course, I couldn’t include all of the books i loved this year as there was MANY so i had to contain it to rather large pile instead!

I am a sucker for a pretty cover, so you’ll probably notice that going through each of these books.

I had SO many reads that I wanted to share with you. But I decided that I would share most of my 5 star reads. This year has been amazing for me and reading, i fully immersed myself into my bookstagram. I discovered a new favorite authors Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Maas, Jenn Bennett, Holly Bourne, V.E. Schwab, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Sara Holland, Jenny Han, Nadine Brandes, Holly Black, Ashley Poston, Alywn Hamilton and many many others.

A post apocalyptic world with one of the best character development and character arcs that I have ever seen. Sara and Pestilence are one of my favourite book couples now.

Another amazing read by the previous author. I fully fell in love with Laura’s writing. Her characters are so enjoyable, especially Callie and Des. I’m getting the next books for Christmas so i cant wait to read more about them. This book has angels and one of the best relationships i’ve read in a book.

A very recent read for me but i wish i’d found it sooner. There is so much action and fun stuff happening in here. We have amazing characters, a slow-burn romance, treks across the desserts, an abundance of princes, and a kick-butt heroine that I adore. This fast-paced book is full of plot twists and plenty of action.

What can i say. This book was top of my TBR and i finally got to it. I adore the characters in this book. Bardugo crafts the most amazing characters and the world is coming together. I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom but i will next year. This book is fast paced addictive YA fantasy. You will fall madly in love with Kaz Brekker – just a warning.

This book was recommended to me by a friend on bookstagram and i found it so cheap on ebay. It’s one of the top 3 books for me this year. The characters were perfect and the world was so beautiful. There’s a sidekick cat which i can’t ever refuse.

The Price Guide to the Occult on its own is layered, rich, and undeniably magical. I loved every single moment of reading it! This book is full of magical ideas and so many interesting characters.

I adored this romantic contemporary book. Kasie West is one of my favourite contemporary authors now. Her writing is so addictive and once you start reading her books you cannot stop. This is a super cute story.

A perfect modern Cinderella retelling. The cover is stunning. Ashley included loads of fandom easter eggs that i enjoyed spotting. Her writing style is so easy and immersive. I loved the main character Ella and Darian her love interest.

This book holds a special place in my heart. I adore Rook and Isobel. This was my first dive into a fantasy book this year and it was the one that started my obsession with fae off.

Like the above mentioned book another one of the first fae books i read this year. I cannot wait for the wicked king in january. it’s the most important book for me next year. prince cardan is my love and i can’t wait to read about jude again.

The aspect of time being used as money is never used in books, or at least I’ve never seen it before and it’s so cool to see it interact with magic and a fantasy world setting. The protagonist is badass. The world is beautiful and captivating.

This wonderful book is in my top favourites. It reminded me so much of many of my favourite books but new characters who i instantly cared about and wanted to thrive. I can’t wait for Emergence next year.

Finally, interesting characters! I loved Zera’s snarkiness and the constant battle she had with her inner monster. Loved Lucien! The romance is an incredible slow and beautiful burn, because Zera is on a mission to take Lucien’s heart, literally.

I thought the plot was interesting, good writing, and there was plenty of intrigue. Also, the side characters didn’t feel like paper, they felt real and were easy to connect to. There was some great action scenes mixed in

So that is my best of 2018 books! Have you read any of these? What did you think? I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and I hope 2019 brings you joy and we all discover amazing new books!

Book Review – Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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I am so happy I finished this book this month. It was a really good read!

Amani lives in a star-system that is occupied by the cruel Vathek empire. Under their rule, her culture, tradition, language, and people are oppressed. Still, Amani is a dreamer and a poet. But suddenly, Amani is kidnapped by the government and taken far away from the family that she loves. She discovers that she is near-identical to Maram, the brutal and hated Vathek princess, and is forced to train to appear as the princess in public. Amani is determined to survive the cruel princess and even finds herself charmed by the life of royalty, and Maram’s handsome fiancé.

Mirage is a debut novel that combines fantasy and sci-fi to create a world that is filled with the glitter and glitz of royalty, androids, space and various planets, and ultimately uses it all to tell a story about colonisation and oppression..
Amani, in particular, is a fantastic character because she is so driven by her love – not just for her family – but for her culture. From page one, Amani is defined by her love for poetry which has deep cultural influences and is outlawed. After her kidnapping, Amani’s first act of rebellion is keeping the sheaves of poetry that was given to her by her brother
Another brilliant character that complicates the dynamics of this cultural oppression is Maram, the Vath Princess who is actually half Kushaila – the same ethnicity as Amani. As Amani becomes closer to Maram, we learn about exactly how this specific identity has played a role in shaping Maram into the cruel princess that she is. We also learn that Maram is a far more complex character than just a cruel princess.

“when night falls, come and visit me, for I have seen night keeps secrets best..”